She goes on throughout the entire book to overcome stress God's way. She states that stress is kryptonite and it reduces you to a pile of quivering mush. Mary made time to sit at the feet of Jesus while Martha rushed about cleaning and cooking to perfection. How would you describe the different stress levels?
Overextension of our time and energy smothers our inner peace. Papa God (as the author affectionately calls Him) wants to give us His peace. The devil thrives in chaos. Change channels. Distraction is your friend. Walk, fresh air, cook, do housework, etc. Positive input reduces negative output. Lose yourself in some music. Also, writing down your concerns is an effective tool for breaking the worry cycle. You relieve stress and have a solid approach for resolving problems rather than stewing over them. It enables you to express the emotions you are not comfortable verbalizing and serves as a springboard for prayer requests!
Next, make daily time with Papa God a priority. Tight schedules are no excuse. If it is important to you, you will find a way to carve out time.
Furthermore, humor is important! It is God's weapon against worry, anxiety and fear. It is a powerful salve, for the skinned knees of the Spirit...healing, ,revitalizing, protecting us against bitterness, defeat or depression like a lifeline when we're so absorbed in the stressful details of our lives.
On the same hand, Papa God never meant for us to keep going 900 miles per hour all day. The Bible records numerous times that Jesus Himself stole away for a rest break.
Do you ever struggle with guilt about spending time on things you enjoy? Proverbs 17:22 states that a happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
As for worship, it does not have to be just in a stained-glass building or a magnificent cathedral or a designated hour and location. We can do church anywhere, anytime. All we have to supply is wonder, awe and have a heart full of praise. Quiet worship is just as pleasing to God as overt praise. But, you will never know you are missing unless you step out of your comfort zone. The author goes on to ask the readers about what leads them most toward worship and to make it a point to subject themselves to that particular thing sometime this week.
Finally, page 190 goes on to ask how doesn't it knock boulders of stress from our weary, sagging shoulders to realize that God's sovereignty takes precedence over the tiny pebbles of control we thought we had? It's humbling and encouraging, to know the Creator, of the universe, somehow finds the time to manage even the smallest details of our lives. It makes it much easier to trust Him with the big stuff, doesn't it?